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An equipment failure in which moving parts stick or jam because of friction, pressure, or excessive temperature.
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Seizing upon the suggestion Dallaglio's loss spelt disaster for the tourists, he said: "We can all make excuses but soft men make excuses - we've just got to get on with it."
To justify the exhibition's peculiar slant, however, Virilio has offered only the elliptical observation that September II inaugurated an "inevitable confusion between a terrorist attack and an accident," in that the terroristic stratagem consisted of seizing upon "the accident" as a form of "disguise." "Ce qui arrive...," in turn, seized upon this singularly loaded "disguise," and in doing so not only conscientiously perpetuated the inevitable confusion," but also participated in a well-known Virilian stratagem, fraught with ever so many quid pro quos, to restore the gothic chill to technology and place the malice irremediably inside.
Second, sixteenth-and seventeenth-century gentry men not only valorized gentry women's writing, but were not above seizing upon the piquant image of the woman writer (private realms exposed!) to produce "women's writing" themselves.